The following podcast was published by Edge Effects Magazine on December 3, 2019. To read/listen to the whole podcast please visit edgeeffects.net/anand-anwar-infrastructures/ After World War II, large infrastructural projects in the Global South like dams, canals, roads, electric power stations, and water pipes were associated with ideas of development, progress, and modernity. These projects promised […]

As a recipient of 2018-2020 Holtz Center Top-Up Fellowship, I will be presenting my upcoming research on cement/concrete construction in India along with other student award winners at the Holtz Center Brown Bag Series. The Graduate Student Award Winners Panel will take place on Thursday, December 5, 12.30-1.30 PM in 8411 Social Sciences. Please find […]

I will be speaking at the History of Science Brown Bag Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many thanks to Prof. Pablo Gomez for the invitation. The talk is titled “Gendering Cement, Cementing Gender: The Puccafication of Subjectivities in Urbanizing India.” Please find a working abstract below. Houses in the Kangra valley of Himachal […]

Please find below an excerpt from my review of The Promise of Infrastructure by Nikhil Anand, Akhil Gupta & Hannah Appel (eds.) for The AAG Review of Books. To read the full review, please follow this link. The Promise of Infrastructure. Anand, Nikhil; Gupta, Akhil; Appel, Hannah (eds.). Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. viii and 256 pp.; acknowledgements, contributors, […]

I was happy to be a part of the Urban Climates: Power, Development, and Environment in South Asia workshop at Dartmouth College on October 11, 12 2019. Many thanks to Nida Rehman and Aparna Parikh for organizing the same. Please find below a poster of the workshop theme, a poster for a film by Hira Nabi, […]

I’m happy to share that the Kudali Learning Center in Medak, Telangana is up and running. Please find below a small snippet from their website, yakshi.org.in/kudali/. Here is a document that captures the collaborative process of the construction with different stakeholders, communities, and landscapes between January 2014 and December 2016. Kūdali – is a transformative space for […]

I’ve organized a panel at the Annual Conference on South Asia to be held at UW-Madison from October 17-20, 2019. The panel highlights the gritty materialities of (non)human actors in Indian cities and their complicity in creating new urban socialities and subjectivities. Details below: South Asian Materialities: Materializing urban change in South Asia Over the […]

Below are some images from preliminary dissertation fieldwork conduction by the author in Kochi, Kerala during Summer 2019.

I was glad to be a part of the the Urban Climates: Power, Development, and Environment workshop held at the University of Cambridge on 7-8 June 2019. The workshop was organized by Nida Rehman (University of Cambridge) and Aparna Parikh (Dartmouth College) and was funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. It brought together an excellent cohort of scholars […]

Recently, many scholars in the humanistic social sciences have begun to focus on the more-than-human agency of nonhuman natures, things, objects, and materials. Within this posthuman turn, objects are not simply inert backdrops for the ordering of social life but are actively involved in creating new sociopolitical orders. Infrastructure has emerged as a useful analytical […]